How To: Start A Study Group


Below are the 9 steps to starting a study group for a specific major/class you are in. Don't forget that some of these steps you can skip OR adjust to best fit your specific situation and study group goals! Step 1: Find out if your class/major already has a study group, if so, skip to steps 8 and 9.

Step 2: Gather all of your classmates contact information and email/phone/tweet them to see if anyone would be interested in forming a study group.

Step 3: Wait for responses.

Step 4: Once you have enough (or any in some cases) responses, send out a survey with different days and times for people to choose from so that you can start figuring out which works best with everyones schedules.

Step 5: Look at the responses and email out a final day/time for everyone to meet up and start participating in a study group.

Step 6: Reserve a room at your university (can be a library room/classroom/any room you can find but you may need to do some searching) and let everyone know the room you are going to be in. You may find it helpful to start a GroupMe/Google group for your study group so that you can all stay in contact easily.

Step 7: Have a general idea for the agenda of the meeting, for instance, an example agenda could be -

  1. Go over all previous notes for the class
  2. Go over previous homework and work through problems people may have found while doing the problems.
  3. Look at this weeks homework/assignments and see if anyone has any questions on them and work through some together.
  4. Look ahead at next weeks notes/assignments to see if you guys see any problems for the future/have any questions you want to make sure get answered.

The above is of course just a general study group agenda and you can use any agenda your group sees fit. Just make sure you are actually studying/learning and not socializing because you don't want to waste your time and your group members time!

Step 8: I suggest using the first meeting as a way to get to know all of your group members and as a way to get to know all of your relative strengths/knowledge/weaknesses of the specific topic you are studying for the school year. This can really help you understand and get to know one another better to create a better study group.

Step 9: STUDY! If, for some reason, none of you have any questions/concerns about any of the notes, use the study group time to just sit quietly together to study and work on problems, you don't have to work together all the time (in fact I encourage you not to) but just knowing that there is someone there who could help if you do have a problem.